If we had to decide where to go to see the most beautiful views of Paris, the choice would be difficult, as this city offers so many magical points of view. Everything depends on exactly what you are looking for: a 360 degrees panorama of the capital city or, on the contrary, secret addresses, from which you can admire a monument from a new angle. The best is without doubt to mix a bit of both, from the unavoidable panoramas to the most confidential. Here are a few of them.
A must see of Paris: the Eiffel Tower
It is impossible not to start with this one, because any tourist who respects himself and comes to Paris for the first time must visit the Eiffel Tower. And rightly so, because the view from above is breathtaking. Climb to the top floor of the Eiffel Tower to have all of Paris in front of you: from La Défense to the Bastille via the Champs-Elysées, the Place de la Concorde, the Louvre... all of Paris's major monuments are at your feet.
Another view of Paris not to be missed: the forecourt of the Sacre-Coeur Basilica
Discover Montmartre and its maze of cobbled alleys, and end in the forecourt of the Sacré-Coeur basilica: an exceptional panorama awaits you! Return there at night to admire the lights of Paris and the Eiffel Tower adorned with its sparkling golden lights.
The most romantic view of Paris: the Pont des Arts
This bridge between the Louvre and the French Institute offers an unobstructed view of the city's island, with Notre Dame in the background. This bridge, a historical monument since 1975, is reserved for pedestrians only and allows you to stroll along the bridge while contemplating this magnificent panorama from the centre of the Seine. A few years ago, this bridge was still the "bridge of lovers", who hung a padlock on it, testifying to their union, before throwing the key into the Seine. But these wire mesh parapets filled with padlocks were replaced in 2015 by glass panels.
The most cultural view of Paris: the panoramic terrace of the Institut du Monde Arabe
After a visit of the Institut du Monde Arabe, don't miss to go for a walk on the panoramic terrace of the restaurant: a breathtaking view of the Seine, Saint-Louis island and Notre-Dame cathedral are revealed to you.
The most beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower
For sure, it is not by staying at its feet that you will make your best picture of the Eiffel Tower. Turn around: in front of you, the Trocadéro esplanade invites you to climb through its gardens. From there, you will have a magnificent view of the Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars, with statues of the esplanade as a backdrop. Get up early enough to enjoy it without being bothered by the crowd and admire this landscape in the morning mist.
The city of Paris is so full of beautiful views that it's hard to make choices! Perhaps one of the most beautiful ones would be the one at the top of the Tour Saint-Jacques, or even the big wheel of the Place de la Concorde, which offers a superb panoramic view of the Tuileries garden and the avenue des Champs-Elysées.